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Our God is an Awesome God

April 25, 2010 5 comments

mir·a·cle

[mir-uh-kuhl]

1.an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.

2.such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.

3.a wonder; marvel.

Do you believe in miracles? I used to be of the camp that miracles happened but not to me. I knew people & knew people who knew people or people who knew of people who had experienced miracles, but not me. I have never had any first hand experience with miracles until recently. I want to share my miraculous story with you. Some of you may laugh, some may not believe me, and some may think there was just an error in my original diagnosis but for that one person that may find hope in my story I am willing to put this out there for the whole world to see. Our God performs miracles. It’s our job to ask for these things because they aren’t just handed to us. Yes God knows our hearts, our needs, our wants but we have to ask.

I never felt like I had the right to ask for something miraculous. After all, who am I? I rededicated my life to Christ approximately 2 years ago and I have grown so much over those two years. But I still witness many around me with a deeper or more profound relationship with our God. People would always tell me to “have faith,” or to “trust God.” And I really wanted to do these things but I always felt like God heard everyone’s prayers but mine. I felt lower on the totem pole, the food chain, what have you. I put God in a box and I just banked on the fact that God did in fact hear my prayers but I had to be better in order for him to love me enough to answer them – NOT TRUE.

Here’s the reason you followed this link – the story of my miracle.

About 3 months ago I consulted an elder at my church asking if he knew anyone in dentistry that could help me with some problems I had been having for quite some time. I am uninsured and I was looking for someone to be sensitive to that at billing time. I was referred by the elder to Dr. Frank Melazzo in Inverness. He was great! He got me in and out in a flash and said that he would love to help me. However the severity of my case was beyond his expertise. I had a bad tooth that had broken 5 months prior. I thought I’d get a filling or possibly at worst a root canal and be on my way. No such luck. Dr. Melazzo x-rayed my bad tooth (and a neighboring tooth) for free and then explained to me that the bad tooth would need to be extracted at the expert hands of an oral surgeon and the tooth right next to it would need a root canal but not until the bad tooth was extracted. I have had a lot of dental work done in the past ending with 5 molars surgically removed and the bad tooth was in fact another molar. I wept in that dental chair in front of my 7yr old nephew who was holding my 3month old daughter and I couldn’t stop. I had finally found someone willing to help me and his hands were tied. I was devastated.

As time went on I learned to deal with the pain. No hot stuff, no cold stuff, rinsing after brushing with warm water, warming mouthwash under the running warm water, chewing only on one side of my mouth, etc. It was just awful.

Fast Forward 2 and a half months and I am at home the Saturday before  Easter Sunday when the tooth pain literally blinds me and brings me to my knees. I have a high tolerance for pain just so you know. I have had 3 8lb babies with no drugs and this tooth made me weep. The following day my family arrived at church after a stop by the pharmacy where I purchased Ibuprofen, Kanka, Oragel, and every other OTC tooth pain med. They all seemed to work for about twenty minutes. I lasted about 5 minutes into the church service when I handed our baby to my husband and went to the restroom to splash my face with cold water to clean off the sweat that was a result of the pain. I went outside and sat on a bench for fresh air not sure if I was going to pass out or not.

Two friends approached me and prayed for me. Within about 10 minutes the pain subsided to a dull roar. I could see straight again. Monday I learned about UAB’s school of Dentistry and how they offered dental services at a rate which was about 1/2 that of other dentists. I made an appointment and went down there. I’ll skip all the boring stuff in between then and now and get to the really exciting stuff!

I went in there telling them I had a tooth that I needed extracted and a tooth that needed a root canal. X-rays were taken and they told me that they could save my tooth! They said the tooth that needed extraction actually only needed a root canal and that they could do it! I was so excited. So they did the root canal over the course of 2 days (4 hours total). The infection was so bad that once they got half way done they had to stop because the anesthesia wouldn’t work due to the inflammation. But they finally finished it up after a second appointment. I was there again this past Thursday for them to finish the root canal job and they decided to look at that tooth neighboring it, the one that I was told needed a root canal by Dr. Melazzo.  The dental student started cleaning out the decay and about half way through she told me it looked really bad. She said it was more than likely going to need a root canal. I knew about this but financially I really wasn’t prepared to shell out another $600 on a root canal.

Not knowing what else to do I started praying. I prayed like I have never prayed before. All of my prayers before have been like a wish in a well while I toss a coin into the water and just wait for the plunk knowing there was a 50/50 chance. This prayer was different. I believe it was spirit led. I laid in that chair commanding healing over that tooth, I prayed that God would heal that tooth and that a simple filling would seal the deal. About 10 minutes later the dental student told me that she was pretty sure my tooth was going to need a root canal based off of my x-ray and what she saw but that it somehow looked as though it was just before the pulp and a filling should do the job! I was in SHOCK. I can’t even tell you the feelings of joy, surprise and hope that flooded me. A tear rolled down my cheek and she asked me if I was okay. I told her I was the happiest I had ever been. She was of course confused so I explained to her my prayers just moments before and she said, “Well it worked.”

This may not seem like a big deal to many of you but this was a huge breakthrough for me. I have been going through the motions and staying faithful and prayerful and doing what God says to do but it never really clicked for me. It is always so much easier to have faith for someone else. It is easier to believe that God will heal someone else. But I am here to tell you right now that when you reach up to God he reaches back down to you. If you only have it in you to reach up 10% God reaches down the other 90%. Our God does perform miracles and I got to experience it firsthand.

So now I get to be one of those crazy people talking about the miracle in my life while people look at me like I have 5 heads, try to decide if they still want to be friends with me, and while others think the same about me as I did about those who testified their personal miracles to me before I experienced my own.

I am looking back on my life and realizing that this wasn’t my first miracle from God. There are no coincidences, there is no such thing as good luck. But there is a God, and He is real, and He can hear you and He wants to heal. Praise God for His mercy, His grace and His love, praise God for his miracles sent from above.

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In Memory of Abigail Hope Dahlen

April 16, 2010 3 comments

The Dahlen family lost their daughter in a tragic accident on Sunday, April 11th, 2010. Not knowing what to do to honor this sweet child I just did what I do in times of happiness and sorrow alike…I wrote something. My heart is overflowing with sadness for this family. My prayers are ceaseless for them and my thoughts are with them constantly.

Angelic is your face
Beauty in its rarest form
Innocent and pure
God holds you in his arms
Always in our hearts
Inspiring us to love
Looking down upon us in Heaven from above

Hearts long for your laughter
Only a memory away
Precious child how we will miss you
Each and every single day

Abigail Hope

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